Post # 1
So the advice I heard more than anything else when I got engaged and people knew I’d be working with a tight budget was “don’t buy anything unless you’re SURE you’re going to use it because unused items are the quickest way to waste your budget!”
Great advice, right?
And I’ve been taking it. But I’m like… scared to make a decision! Because what if I change my mind? Or what if I find a better deal somewhere else?
I’ve been engaged for 9 months now and I’ve bought almost nothing! Now I’m at the 7 month mark and I feel like I really need to get on the ball in terms of buying stuff for projects because I’m going to run out of time!
I did finally force myself to buy some earrings and I just placed an order for some of my crafting stuff… but it was so hard! I feel like I got a good deal (480 sheets of tissue paper, cello bags for Out of Town bags, cello bags for favors, white kraft Out of Town bags, and metallic rafia for Out of Town bags and favors for $50 including shipping)… but I’m still worried I didn’t find the BEST deals or that I’ll change my mind on something.
Anyone else finding it hard to commit to purchasing stuff?
Post # 3
i haven’t bought a damn thing except my dress 🙂 🙂
oh, and my fiance bought a burberry tie for the wedding (he’s so high maintenance).
currently, we’re just stashing cash and not purchasing ANYTHING…i’m terrified that in 7 months, im going to hate everything i bought. i love to look at things..and talk about buying them…but i can’t make myself buy even one thing. i started looking at wedding rings because i thought that would be easy and i could buy them now since we have some cash. well, i can’t make a decision on those either 🙂
so no, you’re not alone!
Post # 4
I just dealt with one thing at a time. My daughter decided what her priorities were, and then I looked for each thing that I thought she would like. When I found each item, I looked at different websites for the best price I could find it at, then when I had her look at it (mostly on-line) and she said yes to it, I bought it. That way, I felt that she was getting what she wanted, at the price I could afford. I determined the likely size and affordability of the guest list 50-65, and started with the largest items. Dress, Venue, Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, glass dishware, flatware, satin overlays and runners, . . .then down to the details, flowers, veil, purse, jewelry, favor supplies etc. And I made a list of what was needed, and kept a running total of what I had spent. I had a ball-park of what I wanted to spend $2-8K, and I spent $5K, and got everything they wanted. I found prices for the things that were for large items, venue, caterer, photographer, rental tables and chairs first. Then searched for the things I thought I could find good prices on-looking at Goodwill, Craigslist, Ebay, and Dollartree. 🙂
Post # 5
I think that having a vision about what you want your wedding to feel/look like makes it easier. My daughter had very definite ideas about what she liked, what colors. If you don’t have a particular idea about what you want-then I think making an inspiration board would definitely help–because there you can maybe see some cohesive ideas/theme/color that you seem to gravitate to, then you can make your purchasing decisions easier and more stress free! Once you buy something-kind of cross that out on your list, and move on to the next thing! You might also consider using things that have a dual purpose–placecards that double as favors, for example, or plated desserts that double as centerpieces? Hope this helps!
Post # 6
I would definitely start, one thing at a time. I’ve found as I get closer to the wedding, I still have a whole bunch of stuff to buy. It would have been easier on the budget to space it all out. Purge your blog list! Too much information/inspiration pictures just creates indecision as you get closer 🙂